About this consultation

Consultation period
6 February 2017 - 2 April 2017
Education and training, Youth, Employment and social affairs

Responses to this consultation

The Commission will publish the replies shortly after the end of the consultation period.

Consultation outcome

The Commission will summarise the replies after the end of the consultation period. The results will be taken into account when preparing the legislative proposal.


If you have any questions or problems regarding this public consultation, please contact: eu-solidarity-corps@ec.europa.eu

Target group

The general public and all stakeholders, in particular

  • young people,
  • people working with young people, such as youth workers and educators,
  • organisations, such as NGOs and businesses, offering solidarity-related volunteering or occupational placements, and
  • public authorities

The Commission will consult national governments of EU countries and key stakeholders separately. Nevertheless, they are welcome to also contribute to this public consultation.


Objective of the consultation

The European Solidarity Corps will create opportunities for young people to support communities and people in need. These opportunities will include volunteering and solidarity-related jobs, traineeships and apprenticeships, both in the young people's home countries and abroad.

The Commission is now consulting stakeholders and the general public to define key priorities and shape the implementation of the European Solidarity Corps.

This public consultation builds on an initial, targeted consultation of a selection of key stakeholders in late 2016. The questions of the targeted consultation were broad, focussing on the potential and the challenges of creating a European Solidarity Corps (*).

The consultation results will inform the Commission's legislative proposal.

(*) The results of the initial targeted consultation are briefly summarised in the Communication "A European Solidarity Corps" [COM(2016) 942 final].

Why does the consultation take less than 12 weeks?

The Commission has already launched the first phase of the European Solidarity Corps in December 2016 and has committed to present a legislative proposal in spring 2017. Given this timeframe, the consultation period has been reduced so that the results are available when preparing the legislative proposal.

How to submit your response

Please note that in order to ensure a fair and transparent consultation process only responses received through the online questionnaire will be taken into account and included in the summary report.

The online questionnaire will allow respondents to upload a document, such as a position paper. This document will be published together with the response.